For reasons that have nothing to do with bicycles I retired in the Philippines. I needed transportation and due to traffic density and poor infrastructure a bicycle made the most sense. It's a poor country. To get a decent quality bike at a price that won't break the bank you pretty much have to buy used surplus from an importer. Most of it comes from Japan.
That's how I ended up with a fairly nice Bridgestone Albelt. Like this one only mine is more of a yellow/orange color.
Model specific spare parts were never available here. I'll be getting a set of 622 rims laced up so I can use locally available tires. (currently has well worn 27 x 1 3/8 on 630 rims) The belt drive is working Ok for now but when the belt goes I'll have to either source one from an industrial supplier or go to a chain.
I'd like to have a "splitter" to break the three speeds into six smaller jumps. How hard is it to mount a pair of cogs and a small derailleur on a Shimano Nexus SG-3R45 hub?
The front cog is also internally geared, making less than one full revolution for each one of the crank. The crank shaft looks like a square taper with (rusty) nuts holding the arms on. Can I simply swap it for a conventional sprocket?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.